A South Carolina man was convicted Wednesday of a rape that happened 12-years-ago in Williamsburg. The conviction marks the first time a person has been brought to justice in Virginia by familial DNA searching.
Tyrone Lamont Holloway, 37, was found guilty by a Williamsburg jury for the September 12, 2001, abduction and rape of a young Hungarian woman working at Busch Gardens that summer.
The crime remained unsolved until last year when the Virginia Department of Forensic Science conducted a familial DNA search and found that the assailant was a brother, father or son of a man whose DNA profile was in the state’s offender databank.
The searching was not used for a long time due to controversy and privacy concerns. Governor Bob McDonnell approved it for use in Virginia in 2011.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Department of Forensic Science’s policy says it is only used to help solve violent crimes in which public safety remains at risk.